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Michigan Tech Lode

October 20, 2011

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New student organizations take the campus by storm KRYSTEN COOPER Lode Writer Many new organizations have formed this semester and are looking for members. So, if you are looking for new ways to get involved on Michigan Tech’s campus, you’re in luck! Some of these organizations are featured below, with information for the interest-

and 13 of them have gone on to obtain both National Registry and Michigan licenses at the Medical First Responder level. Currently, the MTEMS has 24 student and eight faculty and staff members. These members respond to about five calls a week. In addition, the MTEMS has been able to arrive an average of ten minutes before ambulances, which is a lot w h e n every min-

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ed students. The first new organization is the Michigan Tech Emergency Medical Service (or, MTEMS). The MTEMS was formed when Director/Chief of Public Safety and Police Services Dan Bennett, recognized that members of the Michigan Tech community needed medical services on campus that would assist people until an ambulance arrived. Therefore, Bennet and Emergency Medical Services Director Jon Stone worked together create a plan to train Michigan Tech students, faculty and staff to be Medical First Responders. Since then, 30 students have completed the inaugural course,

ute counts. Bennett said, “It’s a great feeling knowing that our MTEMS are out there, ready to respond. Their existence helps create a safer and more secure environment for our students, staff and faculty.” The MTEMS hopes to continue this coverage in the future and keep the program growing. The EMS vehicle used by the MTEMS has been painted Michigan Tech colors thanks to donations from Portage Health. This vehicle is not designed to transport people to the hospital; instead, it is there to provide life support until an ambulance arrives. MTEMS has provided medical coverage for many dif-

ferent events including K-day, the Parade of Nations, and many Tech Football and Hockey games. Coverage of special events does, however, cost money. The MTEMS asks for donations to help cover the costs of their medical supplies. If you would like to have the MTEMS cover an event, contact DSPS Chief Dan Bennett at The MTEMS plans to provide more training sessions in the summer of 2012 for persons interested in working with this group. MTEMS is planning to have a website as a resource for all their information by the end of this semester. The website will be located under the Department of Public Safety and Police Services. The Quidditch Club is also a new organization this year on campus and is devoted to teaching its members the game of muggle quidditch. Although this concept may sound impossible, the game play is simple. It is the same rules as quidditch from the Harry Potter books, but players are expected to carry brooms between their legs during game play. The group meets on Mondays from 4:306 p.m. and Fridays from 7-8:30 p.m., although practice times on Friday change occasionally. Both practices are held on Sherman Field. To get more information about this group, please send an e-mail to Jennifer Connors

at Finally, the Quidditch Club would like you to know that you should play this game before you judge it, as it is lots of fun. It is a full contact, competitive sport and not just for Harry Potter nerds. CogNation Games is an organization for those interested in game design. The group was created as an outlet for game designers who help each other out and allow each individual to develop their skills. Letting each individual work on their own game design goals while having peers to back them up with reviews and tutoring allows members to develop their own interests in game design. Although anyone can join, the club is looking for artists and designers who are interested in game design, even if they do not have the coding skills. To get more information about this group, contact Kyle Roe at or e-mail the club list at Another Club that is just getting on its feet is the National Communications Association at Michig an Te c h

(NCAT). This club is primarily for Communication, Culture and Media students. Anyone, however, who has an interest in improving their skills in communication, media and culture may join. To get more information about this organization, please e-mail Kyle Roe at or visit the Humanities department in Walker. Some other organizations that have just started are the Thriller Club and Puck Recreational Club. The Thriller Club meets on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the MUB. They help preserve the memory of Michael Jackson and his contributions to both dance and music by teaching people the Thriller song. The Puck Recreational Club is a way for students and community members to have more ice time to play hockey. Both of these organizations can be contacted through

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Complicating eating on campus: Changes to the dining hall hours AXEL COTE Guest Writer This semester, Michigan Tech Food Services made significant changes in the availability of the resident dining halls. The dining hall in Douglas Houghton Hall (DHH) now closes early during the week, and dining halls in both DHH and McNair are now closed on the weekends. Students have had mixed reactions to the change, ranging from indifference to alarm. Most of the students that were interviewed for this story, however, said that the change is not a positive one. A few students also expressed concern over the fact that the notice for the change came after dorm room re-contracting. Some students feel trapped by this turn of events. Roommates Weston Rye and Cody Adkins, who lived in West McNair Hall before the

change, decided to move into DHH for this semester. “I re-contracted back in January,” said Rye, “long before the notice about the change came. I did mine early, of course, but most people still re-contracted by April 7, the cutoff date for priority housing. The notice came to us on April 13, through e-mail.” Adkins added, “I don’t appreciate having the change come after I had already re-contracted for DHH. Weston and I planned for the convenience of being able to dine in the DHH dining hall for all of our meals. It was our main reason for moving here, and we feel slighted.” Both of these students have remained in DHH, as breaking a residence contract is difficult and has penalties associated with it. Robert Hiltunen, Associate Director of Dining Services, shared some of his thoughts on the reasons behind the change, as well as some of the finer points of its

execution. First, the change was made necessary by the State of Michigan cutting funding for Michigan Tech. While not all of the cut was felt by Auxiliary Services, about $500,000 of it was. Facing such a major cut, Hiltunen and the other service staff had to reduce costs somewhere. “We had to work with the budget cuts, but our main goals were two things,” Hiltunen said. “One, keeping the dining hall access hours exactly the same, and, two, not laying off any staff. I believe that we succeeded in both of these measures, with no staff being laid off and with the service hours at the dining halls as a whole not changing.” Hiltunen said that the extra students from the DHH and McNair halls could fit in Wadsworth Hall. “The only real worry we had about it was whether or not there would be enough seating,” he said. “The facilities and staff

of Wadsworth Hall are enough to deal with the demand of the students, but we added 75 extra chairs to the hall to be sure of seating capacity.” When asked about the notice of the change coming after re-contracting, Hiltunen said that the state notified Tech about the cut in funding late as well. “We informed our students as soon as we came to the decision, but, unfortunately, it came after the re-contracting date. We sent the official statement out on April 12.” Hiltunen said that he saw the change as a success. The number of students enrolled at tech and the number of students selecting off campus meal plans have also increased this year. Hiltunen also discussed some ideas that have been proposed on what to do with the DHH dining hall in the future: “We organized a task force to address the needs of the student body and

brainstorm ideas for the hall. We have our sights set on improvements to our service, as well as keeping it at the best level it can be.” Hiltunen also expressed his pride in the staff of the dorm dining halls as a whole: “Over my 20 years of working for Dining Services, I’ve heard students talking about each dining hall being their favorite. Each one of the halls has something to offer; if it is the very personal and classic atmosphere of DHH, the wide selection in Wadsworth, or the great view and food offered in McNair. Losing any one of them hurts.” There are high hopes all around, with discussions taking place between staff and students. “While we can’t foresee undoing the change in the immediate future,” Hiltunen said, “we have many ideas of what we could do with the DHH dining hall in the future.”

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Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, October 20, 2011

Struggling student organizations


This article is part 2 of the “Student Org membership in flux” article that ran last week. If you missed it, see the entire article at KRYSTEN COOPER Lode Writer Despite the added stress, there is a positive side to the problem. Student Organization Coordinator MaryAnn Wilcox was recently hired into her position after a group of business students assessed the student organization situation. Wilcox was energized by the leaders of these organizations. She said that some of the dedication she saw was unbelievable, and she believes this will help student organizations continue to grow. Wilcox said that some of the “problems” student organizations are facing could be made into opportunities. In her opinion, social media outputs are not really social events and students still want to interact with one another through activities hosted by student organizations. In addition, social media gives student organizations endless new advertising outlets, which Wilcox believes they can and should be taking advantage of. Wilcox believes the economy can be an advantage as well: “It’s causing people to come together for support. Student organizations are a way to build your resume in rough economic times.” Wilcox believes that lack of involvement from commuter

students can be solved as well: “This [campus] is home. This is what we all have in common. We know it’s safe.” Finally, Wilcox believes that since Michigan Tech students are so academically motivated, they will continue to be drawn to student organizations: “Each student organization has a learning outcome. They promote self-awareness, leadership competency and student affairs. Student organizations are not just fun and games— they’re for learning outside of the classroom.” Successful student organizations are not a thing of the past. Instead, today’s organizations need to change the way they operate—including the ways they recruit. Vice President for Student Affairs Les Cook said he believes that participation in student organizations is, in fact, increasing: “The bulk of Michigan Tech students are involved in at least 1-2 activities outside of their academic coursework. Some of these are the typical student organization activities, but there have also been a number of additions like the Honors Institute, D80, Pavlis Institute for Global Technological Leadership, Mind Trekkers, etc. Because of these new opportunities for involvement in other

ways, I would guess that participation is on the rise.” Whether this increase in participation applies to other student organizations as well is not certain. Cook agreed that there is no hard data to go on; however, he believes that an upward trend of involvement can only mean an upward trend in student-organizations memberships as well. Given the general absence of long-term statistical data, I would like to gather anecdotal evidence that might shed some light on the status of studentorganization memberships at Tech and the reasons for membership declines if and where they are occurring. If you are a member of a student organization, please send me information on your membership. Any numbers you have on membership from this year and years past would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail information to ( To get more information or become involved in a student organization, visit: (https:// If you need help with a struggling student organization, or are looking to start a new one, visit the Student Activities Office in room 112 of the Memorial Union Building.

Have you heard of COMPASS? SAMANTHA ALLEN Guest Writer Many students, faculty and staff have heard the acronym “COMPASS” used on campus and wondered what exactly it represents. COMPASS stands for the Center for Orientation, Mentoring, Parents and Academic Student Success. COMPASS is dedicated to many aspects of first-year student success, but it also provides outreach and support for other students. The center is based in Wadsworth Hall Room G28W. COMPASS has only been on campus for five years. COMPASS Director, Susan Liebau, said, “The COMPASS depart-

ment was developed from suggestions from a student success task force and other critical inputs at the University. I believe the department was officially established in 2006. It was an extension of the First-Year Programs area that had been in place for some time previously.” COMPASS is responsible for many different campus initiatives including Orientation. Liebau said, “Orientation provides an opportunity for students to learn about the culture of attending Michigan Tech. The time is dedicated, ensuring students understand the processes, are aware of the services and opportunities, as well as what they are accountable for, and are provided a chance to devel-

op community.” COMPASS also employs the Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs) and trains them to work with incoming students in hopes of building long-lasting bonds with those who have similar majors. COMPASS is also responsible for coordinating parent outreach. One of Michigan Tech’s most used forms of outreach is, an online program set up to as a chat room/blog. Parents can get on, join groups with other parents with similar interests or concerns, ask questions and read weekly posts that update them on what is going on in the local area for students. This is a way for parents to get connected and be a resource for one another.

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Family Weekend is also coordinated by COMPASS. Karmen Markham, the ExSEL Coordinator said, “Until I got to experience Family Weekend as a volunteer my first year in COMPASS, I had no idea all of the things that it had to offer families! A lot of time is put into planning a wide variety of events that offer activities that meet a host of interests.” Family Weekend provides a special opportunity for parents to visit Michigan Tech. The programs and activities over the weekend allow families to experience much of what the Keweenaw and Michigan Tech have to offer. ExSEL (Excelling the Student Experience of Learning) is another program the department coordinates. Liebau said, “ExSEL is a program dedicated to student success and leadership development. Students agree to a two-year commitment. In their first year they are required to take a one-credit course called UN1000: Frameworks for Success, participate in a mentoring component, meet with ExSEL staff, allow grade monitoring at fourth week and midterm and participate in other activities of the program. In the second year, the program is less formal. Fourth week grade monitoring still occurs, and we offer programming and opportunities more designed to support the success of returning students.” COMPASS also provides mentoring for both transfer and commuter students. The office employs two student staff members as transfer assistants and two student staff members as commuter assistants. These assistants coordinate programs to meet the needs of the students they are responsible for. Jess Banda, one of the commuter student assistants said, “As a commuter assistant, I advocate for first-year commuter students. This includes overseeing

the commuter lounge (MUB 106), maintaining a commuter blog (, informing commuters about important events (, providing academic support with one-on-one meetings, and planning and facilitating commuter events.” Have you ever heard of students who live in learning communities? This is another program that COMPASS coordinates. Students in this program are required to take a weekly class related to their living community. For example, one of the communities is the Leadership Learning Community. Students in the related course learn not only about how to be successful as students at Michigan Tech, but also about how to be leaders on campus. Markham said, “These courses are both designed very intentionally to have students engage in strategies that would make them more successful in a higher education setting. They are designed to move students from being aware of successful habits to putting them into action. All of the first-year residents in the learning communities are automatically enrolled in the UN 1010 ‘Creating Your Success’ course, and all of the new participants of the ExSEL program are enrolled in UN 1000 ‘Frameworks for Success.’ The classes are very similar in nature/content and provide the students with opportunities to further their ability to become successful here. The courses also provide students with the opportunity to connect with a professional on campus who will continue to serve as a resource to them in future semesters.” These are just some of the many programs that COMPASS is responsible for. For more information about COMPASS visit the center’s website at www.


Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, October 20, 2011

Asexual Awareness Week starts Sunday MICHAEL FRIESEN Lode Writer This year, going from Sunday (Oct. 23) to Saturday (Oct. 29) is the second Asexual Awareness Week, an event aiming to educate the greater population about an underrepresented identity. The event is small – it lacks any sort of official recognition, and is held by a committee of 16 members that are listed on the event’s website – and relies on community members to realize its aim of reaching as large of an audience as possible. The site includes a flier, ready to be printed, as well as a page explaining asexuality and answering some frequently asked questions as well as links to resources for promoting visibility, such as T-shirts. Asexuality is a sexual orientation identity, in the same way straight, gay, and bisexual are orientations. While a straight person is sexually attracted to only members of the opposite gender, and so on, an asexual person is not sexually attracted to anyone, regardless of gender. While asexuals may not experience sexual attraction, they can still experience romantic attraction, which is attraction inclined to forming emotional bonds and falling in love. Often, an asexual will find it useful for communicating their feelings to also identify with a romantic orientation, describing the genders of those whom they are attracted to; an asexual might identify as a “straight asexual” (heteroromantic), gay (homoromantic), bi (romantic), and so on. The asexual community is part of the GSM (Gender and Sexuality Minority) community, and significantly smaller than the other parts of the community; the current best estimate is that 1% of the general population is asexual (compared to an estimated 5-10% that could be described as gay), but due

to under-representation, many people who might identify as asexual may be unaware of the term or the community. While people who are asexual may not face outright discrimination as other GSM identities, even if they openly identify as asexual, they still face various issues stemming from an overall lack of education of the greater population about sexual orientation and asexuality and conflicts with cultural norms and expectations. Asexuals are often subjected to invalidation, which is when someone refuses to acknowledge the validity of one’s identity or feelings (“You’re not asexual, you’re just going through a phase”), as well as identity policing (“You can’t be asexual, I saw you holding hands with someone”). An asexual might feel isolated or uncomfortable in a culture where sexuality is pervasive, such as how models intended to elicit a sexual response are used in advertising (in line with the “sex sells” mantra), or how television and cinema is often influenced by strong, often gratuitous sexuality. Even interactions with peers can cause unease if all parties are not sufficiently educated on asexuality, such as expectations that a person will find certain celebrities attractive or inferring about a person’s motive (“Everyone wants to sleep with someone!”). This can cause an asexual person who is not aware of the identity and the fact that they are not alone in their feelings to feel isolated, broken, or to feel that something is wrong with them when this is not the case. This in turn can cause an individual to try to force feelings that they do not actually have to fit in, such as faking sexual attraction and forcing themselves into relationships because they feel they have to. As such, visibility and education is important so that those who might identify as asexual are aware that their feelings are normal and healthy, although

Amnesty calls for President Bush’s arrest CAMERON SCHWACH News Editor Currently developing in International news is the attempt of Amnesty International (Amnesty) to have President George W. Bush arrested for acknowledging, and permitting, torture during his presidency from 2002 - 2009. Amnesty is an international organization founded in London in 1961 that works independently

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from the government and carries the mission, “to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.” Last February, President Bush cancelled a trip to Switzerland after protests from human rights groups threatened to detain and prosecute the former president upon his arrival for the same accusation. The protests began after President Bush admitted in his autobiography, “Decision Points”, that he had authorized the use of water boarding on detainees at Guantanamo accused of being associated with al-Qaida. Amnesty submitted a memorandum to the Canadian authorities on Sept. 21, 2011 to state their case against the former president and their plans for arresting President Bush during his visit to Canada on Oct. 20 for an economic conference in Surrey, British Columbia. The United States director of Amnesty International, Susan Lee, states, “This

uncommon, and that verisexuals can understand, appreciate, and respect those around them who might be asexual. For more information about asexuals and asexuality, visit The website is called AVEN (the Asexual Visibility and Education Network), and is the largest online asexual community. Founded in 2001 by self-identified asexual David Jay, the site includes an informational page, including FAQ and resources for asexuals and friends and family members of asexuals who are seeking to understand the identity, as well as allies of the asexual community. The site also includes a forum where everyone is welcome to inquire, converse, and read the shared experiences of the asexual community and its allies.


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A Friendly Reminder from Public Safety

Winter Parking Rules Go Into Effect on November 1st No person shall park any vehicle on campus between the hours of

2:00 AM and 7:00 AM From November 1st to April 30th, except as follows:

1) In designated parking areas for occupants of University Housing.

2) Employees working on an assigned shift and parking in an assigned over-night parking Space. 3) Anyone issued a special overnight parking permit by the Department of Public Safety & Police Services.

Vehicles violating these rules will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Anyone with questions regarding the regulations should contact

Public Safety & Police Services at (906) 487-2216 is a crucial moment for Canada to demonstrate it is prepared to live up to its commitments and obligations with respect to human rights. Canada has been a leader in efforts to strengthen the international justice system and must now demonstrate that when it comes to accountability for human rights violations, no one and no country is above international law.” Lawyers Against War (LAW) have advised the Canadian government that they must either bar President Bush’s passage into Canadian territory and avoid this

situation altogether, or order his arrest when he enters Canada to ensure that he is forced to face trial outside of the United States. Lee also made a statement on this point saying, “As the U.S. authorities have, so far, failed to bring former President Bush to justice, the international community must step in. A failure by Canada to take action during his visit would violate the UN Convention Against Torture and demonstrate contempt for fundamental human rights.” President Bush has responded to the allegations made by Am-

nesty, stating, “I’m aware of the Amnesty International reports and it’s absurd. It’s an absurd allegation. The United States is a country that is --promotes freedom from around the world.” Standing with the former president in refuting these claims is the Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and top military officer General Richard Myers. The Secretary of Defense added, “Those who make such outlandish charges [Amnesty International] lose any claim to objectivity or seriousness.”

Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, October 20, 2011

Composer Eric Whitacre prepares to amaze Tech students



“Fuddy Meers” will make you laugh

NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor Thursday, October 20, the Rozsa Center will welcome one of the most performed and popular composers of the past decade. Eric Whitacre, best known for his YouTube “virtual symphony,” will be lecturing at the Rozsa as well as guest conducting the Michigan Tech Honors Band and Choir Festival. Whitacre’s career began as a student at the University of Nevada, long wanting to be a pop star but disappointed to find that there was no “Pop Star 101” class. Invited to join the choir, he privately dismissed the opportunity as choir was “a bunch of geeks” until a friend convinced him to join based on the choir’s all-expensespaid trip to Mexico, as well as the soprano section being “full of hot girls.” His first day in the choir, when “they opened their scores, the conductor gave the downbeat, and boom, they launched into the Kyrie from the ‘Requiem’ by Mozart,” was a life-changing experience for him. A couple of years later at the age of 21, he completed his first concert work, “Go Lovely, Rose”, as a gift to that conductor who changed his life. It got published, as did a few more pieces that he wrote. He then started conducting, and studied for his Master of Music degree at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. By far, Whitacre’s most famous works are his “virtual symphony” recordings of his choral works “Lux Aurumque” and “Sleep”. The idea for the first, “Lux Aurumque”, came about when he saw a fan video

NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor Photo courtesy of Marc Royce on YouTube, with the video creator singing the soprano part of his piece “Sleep”. The video inspired Whitacre to post an invitation on his blog for singers to perform the various parts of “Lux Aurumque”. As a guide, he posted a video of himself conducting the song, which originally had no background audio but later had piano added to make things easier on the singers. Over 185 people from 12 countries responded, and the finished video, with all the voices scrubbed, synchronized, and edited, premiered on YouTube in 2009 and got over one million views in two months. He then promoted another virtual choir, featuring the song that inspired the original virtual choir, “Sleep”. This second virtual choir gained over two thousand participants from 58 countries. On September 27, he announced that he would soon reveal the details of a

third virtual choir. Dr. Jared Anderson and Nick Enz, the choral director and band director and Michigan Tech, respectively, both are excited to welcome Whitacre to Tech. Enz described the opportunity to work with Whitacre as “once in a lifetime” and praised his “deep musical sensitivities” and his “very encouraging manner to all of the groups that he works with.” Anderson described Whitacre’s work as “accessible to most everyone” and “famous for doing experimental things with sound.” Tickets are available for both the lecture and concert on, or by calling 906-457-2073. Tickets still available can be purchased at the Rozsa box office two hours before the show. The lecture is free to the public; tickets for the concert cost $10, with students paying $5 and Michigan Tech students getting in free.

Sports Car Club hosts auto show ZACHARY PAGE Lode Writer The MTU Sports Car Club hosted its annual auto show last Sunday in Lot 14 with a well-sized turnout of spectators and analysts for the vehicles that were showcased there. Makes from America, Europe and Asia were present at the show. There were 25 cars which competed in the competition and included a British MG, a track built Evo, multiple Subaru WRX’s, a Honda Fit, and many other models. “It was a pretty exciting experience,” said one student. “I thought that it was a lot of fun getting to see all the cool mod-

els presented by the SCC.” Spectators were also given the chance to run trials on each of the vehicles for a five dollar fee. “This was the primary means for determining which vehicle was capable of winning”, says a participant. Prizes were given based on four categories; best in show, best Domestic, best Euro and best JDM (Japanese model). The prizes that were given included everything from shirts, stickers, gift certificates, coupons, entertainment packages and jumper cables. There were also minor prizes awarded to all those who participated in the event. The winners for the four categories included the Audi TT for European, a Dodge Charger for the American

model and a Subaru Impreza for best in show. “I won a $30 gift card to Rhythm Skate Shop, a 20% off card to Sounds and Motion and a free large pizza from Pizza Hunt”, says Cody Fackender with his Impreza. “There were a lot of people who were there and everyone had a good time.” The SCC also held a Rally Cross at the Moyal gravel pit last Sunday and an Auto Cross at the SDC parking lot a few weeks prior to that. For more information regarding the event, visit the club’s website at http://www. or contact their organization at

Amnesia: a condition involving the loss of memory. Though often misunderstood, it has often been an excellent trope for writers of novels, television, and plays looking for an easy source of drama and humor. One of those plays, David LindsayAbare’s “Fuddy Meers”, is the Tech Theatre Company’s first performance of the 2011-2012 performing arts season, which will run from November 3-5 and 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. each night, in McArdle Theater. Critically compared to works such as “Arsenic” and “Old Lace” and “You Can’t Take It With You”, “Fuddy Meers” explores a woman’s amnesia with a definitively wacky sense of humor. “Fuddy Meers” tells the story of Claire, a middle-aged woman who wakes up every morning as a blank slate, with no memory of who she is. Every morning, her husband and teenage son must explain to her who she is and all the details of her life, from a book they have prepared to help along the process. All is

fine, until a mysterious “limping man” suddenly appears under Claire’s bed, claims to be her brother, that Richard’s book is a lie, and that he will rescue her. The supposed rescue attempt unfolds into a revelation of the truth about Claire’s life, as well as the truths of those surrounding her. The name of the play, “Fuddy Meers”, comes from Claire’s (mis)attempt to say “funny mirrors.” “Fuddy Meers” was LindsayAbare’s first play. It debuted in 1999 to generally positive reviews and with general success, and has been successful all over North America. The play has also run in Great Britain, but the play’s generally “wacky” sense of humor never caught on there, and it has never seen the level of success that it has seen on the west side of the Atlantic. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and can be purchased at or by calling 906-487-2073. Michigan Tech students with student IDs get in free under the Experience Tech program. Please note that the play contains adult content, and is not suitable for children.

Annual Gala Latina dances the night away NICK BLECHA Pulse Editor The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers sponsored the 7th Annual Gala Latina dance on Friday, October 14 at 9:00 p.m. in the MUB Union Ballroom. The event, which was open to

the public, featured Latin music and dance, with Milwaukee, WI’s 13-piece band Sergio Poventud y su Orquesta Veneno as the featured performers, as well as professional dancers from the Salsabrosa Dance Company. Attendees learned such dances as salsa, merengue, and cumbia, and danced until 1 a.m.

Upcoming Events October 21 October 22 October 26

9:00 p.m. MUB Ballroom Late Night Programming - “Ball in the House” 1:00 p.m. SDC Multi-Purpose Room Spirit of the Harvest Powwow 7:30 p.m. Rozsa Center An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor Photo by Caitlin Pionke

Michigan Tech Lode Thursday, October 20, 2011



The costly curse of the iPhone data plan MICHAEL HILLIARD Lode Writer

I’ll admit it: I want an iPhone. I was really hoping (along with much of the rest of the known world) that the iPhone 5 would be released earlier this month so that by the time I’m able to renew my contract with Verizon and get discount pricing on a new phone, the kinks will have been worked out and the sticker price might have even dropped a little. Although the lack of an iPhone 5 disappointed everyone, the iPhone 4S was a welcome new release, especially for those of us who had been hoping to see an iPhone with 64GBs of storage.

I’ve had a 32GB (i.e., constantly over-filled) iPod Touch for about a year now, and my current ‘basic’ phone for about the same amount of time. Since I religiously carry both around in the front pocket of my jeans, the idea of putting the two together into one device has been growing on me for quite a while now. (Not to mention the fact that my present phone’s most notable feature is its uncanny ability to dial friends and family from my pocket while supposedly locked). So, I finally decided that I would save up to take the plunge next Spring and upgrade to the latest iPhone. Aside from the slight hiccup with the iPhone 4S coming out

instead of the iPhone 5, it looked like my plan was going to work out and I was counting down the days until Verizon decided to give me the coveted ‘discounted upgrade offer’ in exchange for two more years of faithful patronage on my part. Then I started hearing the news about Verizon (along with all the other major players in the wireless market) requiring all customers with smartphones (that is, phones that can do anything interesting, aside from simple calling and messaging) to pay for a hefty data planthe cheapest of which is about $30 per month. Now, I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that for the

Sex at Tech: Ups and Downs

This brand new column is aimed at helping MTU students with sex related questions. Written by two 20 year old MTU students, Peaches & Cream, the column will address your questions from both the male and female perspective. We will discuss sex safety, health issues, and advice in this column. Feel free to email us questions or comments at

“If I am involved in a sexual encounter with someone, is ok to tell them to do something different to make it better? If so, how do I do it?”

Peach’s Perspective PEACHES Current Tech Student Provided that you aren’t asking them to do something that’s likely to make them uncomfortable, it’s more than okay to voice your desires—it’s great! Most basic sexual activities are pretty intuitive, but everyone has special turn-ons that can make a pretty average experience amazing. The existence of these special tricks isn’t a secret, but figuring out what works for one another can be tricky. Sharing a few things that drive each of you crazy beforehand would be a great start. However, if you missed your preencounter chance, it’s not too late. The key at this point is to be tactful regardless of the specifics. Your partner wants to know how to best please you, but no one wants to be criticized; stopping them in their tracks and telling

what they’re doing wrong would be harsh. Try to disguise your tips in a sexy veil. Use your body to give your partner clues. If you want to be touched somewhere, place your hand over theirs and guide it to where you’re craving, then control pressure and rhythm of their movements until they know what you want. If you want to be kissed somewhere, you can pull their face towards where you want their lips or press your fingers to their mouth then trail them to where you wish their mouth were. Your body is half of the equation: what you do with it has a lot of impact on what your partner will do. A more direct but still discreet approach is to mask your suggestions in sultry, breathy whispers or with a hint of a moan. Keep to simple words and phrases. “Faster,” “Slower,” “Harder,” “More,” “It’d be so hot if you____,” “I love

it when you ____,” etc. can get you pretty far. If this is a person you’re going to be with again, don’t be afraid to assess the session a bit afterwards. Give them tips while the occurrence is fresh, but always be positive. Unless something went terribly wrong, you had a good time and suggestions are to make the future even better. Finally, practice makes perfect, so even if they didn’t end up doing exactly what you wanted, give them another chance. Lovers are not mind readers, so give your lover a view into what you’re craving through the use of both vocal and body language. (If you want more specific tips for specific instances, feel free to email us. X-rated tips most likely won’t make print, but Cream and I may still be inclined to answer interesting questions...)

Cream’s commentary CREAM Current Tech Student Any sexual encounter has the risk of one or both people walking away from it unhappy. This issue may stem from a variety of complications, but one big one is that exact reason: inability to satisfy. Stereotypically this inability can be chalked up to inexperience. When it comes to sex, if someone doesn’t know the proper way to go about something, they are only going to learn through practice. Let’s compare this situation to anything else which you might practice, like a sport. How do you get better at a sport through practice? With plenty of coaching! Sex can fall into the same category. “Coaching” your

partner helps. Another factor that comes into play is that everyone’s body is different. What may work for one person may not work for another. This is completely normal and is really nothing to be overly worried about. Your partner may be used to doing something a certain way with someone else previously and would not even think to change it for you. Once they know to do it differently, however, I am sure they will keep to that method for you in the future. In either of these scenarios it is perfectly okay to instruct your partner how to do something. More often than not, they will appreciate it too. I know that I would rather be told to fix it than be fumbling around doing something wrong! The im-

portant thing is how you approach the situation. It never pays to be condescending or harsh, instead try to be positive and supportive. Either verbally or physically, tell your partner that you prefer them to do something different. After a few times I am sure they will catch on and change their technique for you. If for some reason they don’t, sit down and talk with them about it outside of the bedroom. Sex is a mutual act and it is important for both partners to feel comfortable with it. If they still fail to change things, it is possible that there are more important issues below the surface. I would guess though that most of the times they will not only take your advice, but appreciate it too.

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average college student, spending several hundred dollars on a new smartphone like the iPhone in the first place is a pretty significant investment; requiring us to pay $30/mo. in addition to that for a data plan that many of us don’t even need-totally roughly $360 more per year-starts feeling like extortion. For that kind of money, you could buy a new iPhone every year. When I tried calling and talking to some Verizon representatives about the issue, their first response was to try to tell me that an iPhone without a dataplan would render it pretty much worthless, as most of the cool things you would want to do would require data usage. That would be true, except for the fact that nearly everywhere you go now has wi-fieven here in the rural U.P. town of Houghton, Michigan-especially if you are a college student who spends the majority of their waking hours on campus. Seeing as I am already used to the constraints of my iPod Touch needing wi-fi in order to check my e-mail, browse the web, or use various other web-based features,

a lack of a data plan on an iPhone really wouldn’t phase me at all. Sure, there are times when a data plan would be nice (on road trips, at the store, and in any other pockets of the world that don’t have wi-fi), and I wouldn’t mind paying a little extra each month to have a data plan available when I need it, but $30 a month is way too much money. There is a glimmer of hope, however. One of the representatives I spoke with at Verizon mentioned that the 4G networks that they are in the process of putting up across the nation are actually a much cheaper infrastructure. With a reduction in operating costs, there’s the possibility that savings could be passed on to subscribers. Also, with the wireless market being so competitive, if one company were to lower the prices on their dataplans, the other players would be forced to follow suit, having much the same effect; in fact, the first company to do so could gain a significant advantage by stealing cost-conscious subscribers from the competition.

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Football looks for win against Northland JACOB SHULER Lode Writer

Defense stole the show in last Saturday’s game against Hillsdale. The teams limited each other to a score of 13-7 with the Chargers coming out on top. Both teams had a combined offense of less than 500 yards. The Huskies were able to limit the Chargers running back, Joe Glendening, to only 108 yards, which is below his season average. Scoreless after three quarters, the Huskies scored a touchdown after Tyler Scarlett rushed for 2 yards into the end zone. After a Husky fumble, the Chargers were able to run down the clock to end the game. This Saturday, the Huskies

go on the road to play against the Northwood Timberwolves in Midland, Mich. Kickoff is at 12:00 p.m. Rushing is the mainstay of the Timberwolves offense much like the Chargers last week. They have been able to average 167.6 yards per game this season. The Timberwolves rushing comes from Cameron Jackson who has lead the team this year with an average of 85.6 yards per game. Aaron Shavers, the team’s quarterback, shows an ability to avoid defense and gain extra yards with an average of 37 yards per game. This season, the Huskies have been able to stop their opponents’ running attack all season. Veteran defensive players like Drew Vanderlin were able to limit one of the league’s

best rushers, Joe Glendening to well below his season average. One area the Timberwolves have struggled in this season is passing. With only 97 yards per game, the Timberwolves have had to rely heavily on the run for their offense. Aaron Shavers has about a 50% passing completion average. Their receiving core is lead by Quillan Mathis who has only averaged 43 yards per game this season. The rest of the Timberwolves receiving corps has averages that are less than 20 yards per game. The Huskies also have the benefit of the Timberwolves defense allowing an average of 169 yards of rushing this season. This will give Akeem Cason some room to work with allowing the Huskies to

wear down the clock forcing the Timberwolves defense to be on the field longer, wearing them down. Passing defense by the Timberwolves is also not the best. With an average 218.3 yards of throwing by Timberwolves opponents this year, Tyler Scarlett can look to gain some extra yards through the air when he connects with players like Bryan LaChapelle. This Saturday, the Huskies look to their defense to give them the upper hand on Northwood. Limiting the run game, which is something the Huskies have done all season, and capitalizing on some weak defensive stats from the Timberwolves will allow the Huskies to come out on top.

in third place (28:04). Then Matt Dugan, Eric Parsell, Calvin Nitz and Nathan Manderfield finished with times of 28:06, 28:08, 28:14, and 28:14 to finish the top five. The men’s team finished with a score of 25 points to edge out the Lakers (36 points) and the Gogebic Samsons (82 points). This Saturday, the Huskies cross country teams travel to the GLIAC Championships in Ashland Ohio. They will face many teams that they have never faced before this season. The Huskies will be relying on experience gained through the season running against teams like the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The GLIAC Championships are the precursor to the NCAA D-II Midwest Regional Championships. Names on the men’s side are people like Matt Stratman from

the Ashland University Eagles. Stratland finished second at the Carnegie-Mellon Invitational to earn the GLIAC Men’s Cross Country “Runner of the Week” distinction. Another runner is Tyler Emmorey from the Grand Valley State Lakers. Emmorey has also earned the “Runner of the Week” distinction this season for his performance at the Notre Dame Invitational. Emmorey is a senior who has had success for several years in the GLIAC. Last year, he helped the Lakers to a school best third place finish at nationals by finishing 17th. The women’s team will be facing off with runners like Amanda Putt from the Hillsdale College Chargers. Putt finished first at the Michigan Intercollegiate Cross Country Meet last week. Another runner is the Lakers Monica Kinney. Kinney earned

the Runner of the Week distinction for finishing second at the Notre Dame Invitational. The Huskies face some very good racers this week. Deedra Irwin and Jani Lane will be challenged by the runners like Emmorey and Kinney. This entire season, the Huskies have been able to finish with runners in close proximity to each other. This will help with earning a tight pocket of finishes to maximize the points. “It’s a great opportunity to find out how we are doing against the GLIAC teams. Hopefully the training that the athletes have been doing will bring some best times,” commented Coach Haggenmiller. The Huskies have been winding down their training recently in preparation to ensure the team is rested for the GLIAC Championship.

Cross Country ready for GLIAC championships JACOB SHULER Lode Writer

The UP championships went well for the Huskies cross country teams. On the women’s side, Marisssa Yovetich recorded the first win of her career with a time on the 6 kilometer race of 23:15. Deedra Irwin and Christina Mishica finished second (23:32) and third (23:43). This allowed the Huskies to finish on top against the Northern Michigan Wildcats and the Lake Superior State Lakers. “I thought we ran pretty well down at Northern Michigan. We’ll see where we’re at with two weeks of training,” said Head Coach Haggenmiller. The men’s team also had a slew of racers in the top 10. The Huskies had seven racers finish in a row starting with Jani Lane

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Huskies rank in the men’s Division I pairwise rankings. The Huskies have swept their last two weekends and take to the road WCHA play.


Home soccer games this weekend. This will wrap up the Huskies’ home season.


Tackles linebacker Ian Coughlin had last weekend against Hillsdale. The senior ranks second on the team for tackles with 47.


Week until women’s basketball returns to the court. They head to Green Bay for their only exibition game of the season and return home Nov. 12.


Away volleyball games until the Huskies return home to finish up their regular season play. They play five matches at home to close the regular season.

Husky soccer approaches final home games JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor Husky soccer returns to Sherman Field for its final home action of the season this Friday

and Sunday. The Huskies will host the Northwood University Timberwolves Friday and will see the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals for their final home game of the 2011 season.

This past weekend, the Huskies split games against the top two teams in their division. The Huskies defeated the former No. 2 Ferris State last Friday for their third GLIAC

win of the season in a 2-1 final. Sunday the Huskies took on undefeated Grand Valley State University but were shut out in a 0-3 defeat. Friday the Timberwolves will

MIdfielder / Forward Jenna Procter moves the ball for the Huskies Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

be at Sherman Field to play the Huskies. The Timberwolves (48-0, 5-8-0) come to Houghton sitting at No. 5 in the North Division of the GLIAC, just one place above the Huskies. Their last win came on October 16 when they defeated Lake Erie 2-0. Senior forward Amanda Watson leads the Timberwolves in points with seven goals and five assists for 19 points. Junior Rebecca Lipinski has anchored Timberwolves in net playing every minute this season. The Cardinals will be at Sherman Field Sunday after finishing with a win and a tie in their games last weekend, putting them at a 4-6-2 conference record. They are 3-2-1 in their last six games, which includes a 3-0 win against the Huskies. The Cardinals have been having trouble getting points on the board, averaging only 1.1 goals per game. Samantha Echols leads the team with eight points (three goals, two assists). This weekend the Huskies see weaker competition than last weekend, and this can only benefit them. After defeating the No.2 team in their division last weekend, the Huskies are sure to have some confidence behind them, and playing at home will only prove advantageous for the Huskies. Kick off is at 7 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Sunday.

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Hockey to face Bemidji State on the road

QUICK LOOK Hockey Oct. 21-22 at Bemidji St. Oct. 28-29 vs. Denver 7:07 p.m. Nov. 4-5 vs. Minnesota St. 7:07 p.m. - 4-0-0 overall record - First time since 1974-75 season - Goaltender Josh Robinson named WCHA defensive player of the week -Swept UW, first time since 2007

Soccer Oct. 16 vs. Grand Valley St. 0-3 L Oct. 21 vs. Northwood 7 p.m. Oct. 23 vs. Sag. Valley St. 12 p.m. Oct. 28 at Northern Mich. 4 p.m. - Final home games of the season - Free spirit t-shirt at Sunday’s game - Deafeated No.2 team in division last Friday

Football Oct. 22 at Northwood 12 p.m. Oct. 29 at Grand Valley St. 7 p.m. Oct. 5 vs. Ferris St. 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at Northern Mich. 1 p.m. - 4-2-1 overall this season - Only one home game left - Miners Cup will be last game of the reg. season, played at NMU

Volleyball Oct. 21 at Grand Valley St. 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at. Ferris State 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at Sag. Valley St. 2 p.m. Oct. 28 vs. Northwood 5 p.m. - Will play last five matches of the season at home -Last win came 0-3 in a shutout victory over Notre Dame College Visit for full standings

JORDAN ERICKSON Sports Editor The hockey Huskies are on the road for the first time this season as they head to Minnesota to take on the Bemidji State Beavers for a two game series. The Big Story: Under the direction of new Head Coach Mel Pearson, the Huskies are tied with their overall wins from last season. With two consecutive sweeps, the Huskies are 4-0-0 for the first time since their national championship season of 1974-75. Overall Series: The Beavers were in town for the Winter Carnival series last year, ending in a 2-2 tie and the Beavers taking Saturday night in a 1-0 win. This is the Beavers’ second year in the WCHA and the two teams have met little in the past. Overall, the Beavers have a 3-2-1 advantage in the teams overall play. This will be the first time the Huskies travel to Bemidji since the 2008 season. Team Scope: The Huskies: It’s only the third week of the season, but with two consecutive sweeps the Huskies have already matched their total wins from last season. It’s no coincidence that they are having such success early in the season. Husky special teams continue to improve; currently they are ranked fifth in the nation for their power play and are 13th for their penalty kill. Even with their leading scorer (sophomore Milos Gordic) on the injured list, the Huskies have been making up for their loss with points from 13 different players. Rookies have been showing Husky fans what they can do, contributing a third of the team’s points so far

this season. However, the Huskies have yet to play outside John MacInnes Student Ice Arena, and face challenges on the road. We’re going to have to re-focus, enjoy the victories for what they were but now we have to set our sights and move forward,” said Huskies Head Coach Mel Pearson, “the biggest thing to me about playing on the road is going out and being able to win.” The Beavers: The Beavers skate into the weekend riding a three game losing streak, with their last win coming from a 5-3 victory at Miami. Last weekend the Beavers were swept by Colorado College in 1-3, 4-6 finals but will look for the wins this weekend, as they play at home for the first time in regular season play. Upperclassmen lead the team in

points, with senior Shea Walters and junior Brance Orban tied for four points apiece. Special teams are proving to be a strong point for the Beavers, they are second in the nation for power play, and are tied with the Huskies at fourth place for combined special teams. Who’s Hot: Senior captain, Brett Olson is on a four-game point streak, getting the game winner Saturday night just 20 seconds into overtime play. Senior assistant captain, Jordan Baker leads the Huskies in points with five (two goals, three assists), with both of his goals being game winners. Injury Report: Last year’s leading scorer Milos Gordic has been out this season, but has been cleared for full contact at practice and should


be ready to go in the next few weeks. Junior defenseman Tommy Brown will be out 6-8 weeks as he recovers from what was diagnosed last week to be appendicitis. Puck Drop: The two teams meet this weekend coming from pretty much opposite ends of the spectrum. The Huskies go to Bemidji with a four-game win streak and the Beavers return home on a three game losing streak. The Huskies have had the support of their home rink behind them in all four wins and it will be interesting to see what the momentum does for them as they travel to play a team with no momentum, but have the backing of their home rink behind them. The puck drops at 8:37 p.m. Friday, and 8:07 p.m. Saturday.

Goalie Josh Robinson makes one of many successfull saves against Wisconsin Photo by Ben Wittbrodt

Athlete of the Week:

After spending last season watching his team from the sidelines, senior forward Baker is back on the ice and making up for lost time. Baker returned to the ice as one of the hockey Huskies’ assistant captains and got to work putting up points. The Chestermere, Alberta native currently leads the hockey Huskies with five points (two goals, three assists) in their first four games. Both of Baker’s goals have been game winners; including the goal that gave the Huskies their Friday night win over Wisconsin. Baker and the rest of the Huskies return home on Oct. 28 to take on Denver.

Jordan Baker

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Husky Hodgepodge

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WordSmart is new regular feature here in the Lode, written and compiled by Michael Hilliard, a voracious verbivore. In this section you can find words that are commonly found on graduate exams, such as the GRE, along with their definitions and examples of their use. Anything you’d like to see featured in Word Smart? Send an e-mail to

soporific: [pronounced like: sop-uh-riff-ic]


1. able to cause sleepiness noun

1. a substance that causes sleepiness. Examples: The heat of the lecture hall, combined with the fact that class starts at 8:00 a.m., can make World Cultures a very soporific experience-half the class usually falls asleep in the first ten minutes. Valerian root and melatonin are popular over-the-counter soporifics.

paradigm: [pronounced like: pair-uh-dime]


1. EXAMPLE, PATTERN : an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype (see below) 2. an example of a conjugation or declension showing a word in all its inflectional forms 3. a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in them are formulated; broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind Examples: The Freudian paradigm of psychoanalysis. Copernicus’ heliocentric conception of the universe represented a major paradigm shift from the geocentric view which was dominant at the time.

archetype: [pronounced like: ar-kih*-type *this is like the word ‘kid’ but without the ‘d’]


1. the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies : PROTOTYPE; also : a perfect example. 2. IDEA 3. an inherited idea or mode of thought in the psychology of Carl Jung that is derived from the experience of the race and is present in the unconscious of the individual. Example: Star Wars is full of archetypes-the wise old man, the young hero on a quest, the maiden, the father, etc. Apparently George Lucas was a big fan of Jungian philosophy.

ineffable: [pronounced like: in-eff-uh-bull]


1. a: incapable of being expressed in words : indescribable b: unspeakable Example: Ineffable: Even when words can’t describe the feeling - there’s a word for that.

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